Micah Wilkinson and Jack Rogers have been selected to represent New Zealand in the SL16 multihull at the 2014 ISAF Youth World Championships on from 12-19 July in Tavira Portugal.
In 2013 Micah Wilkinson won gold at the ISAF Youth World Championships in Cyprus, sailing as crew in with Isaac McHardie at the helm.
Top 3 Sailing Achievements…
- 2013 ISAF Youth World Champion in the SL16
- 2014 Oceanbridge sail Auckland 29er Champion
- 2nd at the 29er 2014 29er National Championship
Q&A with Micah Wilkinson
Q: How did you get into sailing?
A: My mum Linda got me into sailing at the Karapiro Yacht Club at the age of 6
Q: Favourite thing to eat after a long day on the water?
A: Would definitely have to be Ginger Rogers French bread
Q: Favourite place to sail?
A: Really enjoying sailing out of Milford at the moment but Cyprus would have to be the favourite, can't beat 28 degree water!
Q: Which New Zealand sailors do you admire most?
A: I have a lot of respect for our main coaches Brett Sellers and Jim Maloney. I also idolise all the members of the NZL Sailing Team.
Q: What is the best thing about sailing your youth class boat?
A: It is a fast exciting catamaran. Also having a good sailing buddy, Jack, to sail and represent my country with is a bonus.
Q: How will you prepare for the Youth Worlds and which regattas will you be attending in the lead-up?
A: We have just competed in the Viper Asia Pacific champs over Easter, now we have two months of training off Milford being coached by Brett Sellers and Jim Maloney before we head to France to compete in the SL16 open worlds as a lead up regatta for the youth worlds.
Q: What was the most proud moment of your sailing to date, and tell us how you felt?
A: Winning the youth worlds last year was definitely the highlight, I felt extremely proud to represent my country and win, it was also a great relief after all the long and sometimes strenuous hours we put into our campaign. Also, narrowly winning Oceanbridge Sail Auckland against our good mates Markus and Isaac this year was an awesome achievement for Jack and I.